Today's News

  • School bus involved in minor collision

     A school bus taking 17 students to Virginia Williamson Elementary School this morning was involved in a minor collision.

    School bus No. 319 was “rear ended” on Stone Chimney Road in Supply about 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said in a news release.

    No students or staff was injured during the collision, Swencki said.

    The students were taken to Virginia Williamson after a replacement bus arrived shortly after the incident.

  • Trojans top Topsail in five sets

    SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick volleyball team beat Topsail 25-19, 25-23, 23-25, 31-33, 15-8 in a conference match between two Class 3A teams Sept. 8.

    West is 2-1 in the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference.

    After losing the fourth set, West dominated the fifth set. A kill by Myah Morse gave West a 3-1 lead and led to a four-point run with Payton Roberts serving. In the run, Hannah Pugh and Morse combined twice on blocks.

    An errant serve by Topsail and another error gave West two more points and a 9-2 lead.

  • VIDEO: Final points of fifth set of WBHS vs. Topsail
  • VIDEO: Long rally in fourth set of WBHS vs. Topsail
  • VIDEO: Final points of first set of WBHS vs. Topsail
  • Lightning strikes pair of OIB houses two minutes apart

    Two Ocean Isle Beach homes caught fire as a result of lightning strikes in a two-minute span Thursday, Sept. 2.

    Ocean Isle Beach Fire Chief Robert Yoho said lightning strikes caused two fires on the island at 5:27 p.m. and 5:29 p.m.

    Lightning struck a home at 53 Craven St., but the damage was “fairly insignificant,” Yoho said.

    “There was some structural damage, but it wasn’t tremendously bad,” he said.

    No one was home at the time.

  • BCC Southport Center director relishes new opportunity at new campus

     SOUTHPORT — At last, students can take courses at Brunswick Community College’s Southport Center, which was opened for the first time Sept. 1.

    In the last five years, Brunswick Community College officials and board of trustees have defaulted on a contract with a construction company and postponed the opening of the new center at least three times.

    But the first day in the Southport center seemed to erase several years’ worth of frustration and delays.

    For now, the campus is only open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

  • Search and rescue team a vital resource for county agencies

     SUPPLY — Christy Judah has done a little bit of everything in Brunswick County over the last 20 years. She’s published books, trained dogs, worked as a school guidance counselor, and perhaps most importantly, led a volunteer organization that helps local law enforcement on search and rescue missions.

    Judah, director of Brunswick Search and Rescue, a nonprofit volunteer team using canines to find lost or missing people, is constantly looking for ways to recruit team members and raise funds to keep the group functioning properly.

  • Powerball winner’s drug case continued until December

     BOLIVIA — Drug charges against Shallotte Powerball winner Fontella Marie Holmes were not resolved during her first court appearance in Brunswick County District Court this week.

    Holmes, who took home $88 million after winning the Powerball lottery prize in February, made her first appearance Tuesday, Sept. 8, on the charges.

  • School district shows improved results in 2014-15

     Statewide test results are in and Brunswick County Schools’ scores are on the rise.

    After the school district received disappointing test results during the 2013-14 school year, central office staff implemented in October 2014 an instructional improvement plan (IIP) that has paid dividends.

    The IIP was developed following the release of the 2013-14 test scores, which showed only nine of the county’s 19 schools met state growth standards.